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Sorry. Who did? It must have been someone in a post you quoted & I
clipped too much. I might have known at the time but I can't remember
now. 

Carrol

The general points hold independently of course.

Carrol

Diana Manister wrote:
> 
> 
> Carrol, I never wrote that. Diana
> >
> > Diana Manister wrote:
> > >
> > > If we assume that Eliot was referring to his own earlier poems as
> > > NOT having this 'defect', perhaps "The Waste Land" can be said to
> gain
> > > its power from "acute personal reminiscence, never to be
> explicated"."
> >
> > Consider: many of the most powerful passages in the poetry of Pope
> > revolve around images of consstipation. Now it's perfectly possible
> that
> > Pope had trouble with his bowel ovements, and for this reason
> imagery of
> > constipation had real pressur for him. But it would not add one bit
> to
> > the meaning of those passages if (a) this were true and (b) we knew
> of
> > it. So Eliot's "never to be explicated" is not only a matter (for
> him)
> > of preserving privacy, it is an important warning to readers that
> they
> > will only confuse themselves and misread the poem if they dig up
> those
> > personal experiences.
> >
> > Of course we know that one of the passages is almost a literal
> > transcription of an event (My nerves are bad tonight ect), but I'm
> not
> > sure what that knowledge adds to the poem.
> >
> > Carrol
> 
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